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Published September 22, 1995
HBO has optioned the movie rights to "Only in America," Jack Newfield's expose on Don King (N.Y. TIMES, 9/22)....The press conference to formally announce Tyson-Mathis on Fox will be held Monday at 1pm (Fox)....In Philadelphia, Lynn Zisner gives a good review to ESPN's promos for "College GameDay," which feature Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Craig James hounding "Lester," a college player portrayed by aspiring actor Rod Tate. Fowler: "Viewers will never confuse what we're doing with the 'Capital Gang.'" The ads are produced by ESPN's ad agency, Wieden & Kennedy. ESPN Senior VP/Marketing Judy Fearing says while these ads "raise the bar every week," she promises upcoming promos for "SportsCenter" will "set the bar the highest it's ever been" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 9/21)....CBC has lined up several major corporate sponsors for its '96 Olympic coverage -- McDonald's Canada, UPS, Royal Bank, IBM, Visa, Kodak, and an alliance of Canadian telephone companies. Absent is a brewery (Molson or Labatt's), a soft drink, and sports equipment or apparel (William Houston, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 9/22)....A.C. Nielsen has debuted its AdView system, which measures ratings for TV advertisers. The top-rated brands for last week (in order): AT&T, McDonald's, MCI, Mazda 626, KFC, Little Caesars, Saturn, Discover, Olive Garden, and Sprint (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 9/22)....Rudy Martzke reports ABC and NBC won't make deals with MLB during their exclusive negotiating period that ends October 9. Fox appears willing to pay $100M a year for half the package, "but no other network seems to be close to that figure" (USA TODAY, 9/22).